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Old 03-21-2019
DW SD DW SD is offline
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I used a slightly different process on that repair. I scuffed the whole panel to 800 grit. Then sanded the damaged areas with 120 grit. Then bondo puttied over. Then sanded flat. Then primered just the local area, then wet sand flat. The local area was probably 2 x 4" x 4" spots, one above the flutes one below.
Then I sanded those to 800 grit. Then applied base coat with a $50 air brush I bought on Amazon. I painted the air brush beyond the primered areas to blend. That was maybe 4 or 5 coats with light coats beyond the repair.

I then cleared the whole panel in about 3 coats.

Total repair time 2 or 3 hours over 2 days.
Lots of steps, but each are short. And lots of waiting for bondo to harden. Each coat of paint to dry, etc.

PS - hope Peter doesn't mind the detour from his thread. If so, I can erase and start a separate.
Doug W.
Encinitas CA
2004 M380
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Old 03-22-2019
b1gsur b1gsur is offline
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Originally Posted by susanmarycamilleri View Post
They are bright, brighter than they look in the photos. Did not start the bus for reverse lights, but i checked them earlier in the day. They work.

Great job Peter, looks awesome.
Dan & Cindy Sunderland
2005 450 LXi
Toad 2016 F150 4WD Lariat Super Crew
San Marcos, CA

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